On Monday 31 December 2007, Debarshi 'Rishi' Ray wrote:
> Before I go into the whole process of coming up to speed with
> packaging guidelines, etc, I wanted to ask here if anyone else here is
> working on GNU Radio packages for Fedora.
GNU Radio is there on the WishList:
and no one
has claimed it there yet.
Yeah, I saw it on the Wishlist, but didn't know if it had yet been claimed.
The only potential snags I know of with it are the two firmware files needed
for the usrp portion of the package; the one is the firmware for the USB
device controller on the USRP, which is easily generated with the free
toolchain 'sdcc' already in Fedora, and thus isn't probably a snag at all.
On the other hand, the FPGA bitstream, while it itself is open and the verilog
source is GPL'd, it needs a non-Free toolchain (Quartus II; although the web
edition is no-cost, it is not Free) to build. Prebuilt FPGA bitstreams meet
the requirements mentioned in the Firmware section of the packaging
guidelines on the wiki, as far as I can tell, but I would certainly submit
whether that is the case or not to the group.
I actively use GNURadio here, and have the USRP hardware on which to test
builds and such. Learning this new build system will be what will challenge
me the most; it does appear to be a timesaving system, though, and quite well
thought-out (back in the day, I built PostgreSQL RPMs on the actual target
platform; even if that meant pressing an old 486 into use, which I did,
frequently, for Red Hat 6.2 builds (when Red Hat 9 was Old Hat and Fedora
Core 1 was the talk of the town); Mock looks like it makes builds so much
easier and more automatic; I still remember taking a full weekend to get all
the builds done for all the archs I supported).
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